Discovering Rhythm: Make Your Own Instruments!
To help celebrate the launch of our brand new World of Rhythm Discovery Kit, we’ve come up with a great family-time activity to help baby discover the wonderful world of music and rhythm! You can start a family band by using ordinary household items. Below are a few ideas for you and your little one to make your own instruments. Check them out below and get rockin’!
Making a tambourine is easy! All you need are two paper plates, a hole punch, jingle bells and some string. First, staple or glue the plates together, facing each other. Using a hole punch, make holes around the edge of the plates and tie the bells to the holes with a string or ribbon. Have your little one decorate the tambourine with crayons, markers or colored pencils and voila! Your tambourine is complete. Just shake and enjoy!
Hand bells are another instrument that baby will love to shake around and are really easy to make! To begin, simply punch a hole in each end of a paper towel roll. Then tie two jingle bells to each side of the paper towel rolls using string, yarn or ribbon. For more fun, decorate the paper towel roll with stickers or markers. Next step: shake, shake, shake!
If your little one loves all the shaking, maracas are another easy and fun choice. All you will need is a plastic or paper cup, rice, paper and a rubber band. Fill the cup halfway with rice and place the paper over the top of the cup. Secure the paper with the rubber band and you’re ready to rattle up some rhythm!
Another fun instrument to add to your homemade band is the horn. Making it is easy and baby will love playing it! To make a horn, cover one end of the paper towel roll with waxed paper and secure it with a rubber band. Next, punch a row of holes along one side of the roll with the tip of a pen or pencil. To play, just have baby make noises into the open end of the “horn.” Demonstrate first and then watch your little one try to figure it out!